ARRL Sections - Southern Florida

Southern Florida

Southern Florida

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Basic Information


                        Southern Florida Section Contact Information


Section Manager  Jeff Beals, WA4AW   561-252-6707

Affiliated Club Coordinator           Jeff Beals, WA4AW 

Official Observer Coordinator         Al Flapan, KN4FA   

Assistant OOC                           Marshall Paisner, K4MAP

Assistant OOC                              Harry Newell, N3HN              

Public Information Coordinator         Dan Fisher, AI4GK

Assistant PIC                                      Sherri Brower, W4STB

Section Emergency Coordinator     Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ

Assistant SEC                                    Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Section Traffic Manager                Mike Sanner, KM2V   

Section Webmaster                     Barry Porter, KB1PA    

Section Youth Coordinator      Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL       

ASM-Youth Activities               Tom Loughney, AJ4XM    

State Government Liasion      Sherri Brower, W4STB   

Technical Coordinator           Don Drennon, N4TZH       



                                       District Assistant Section Managers

                                         District Emergency Coordinators


Gold Coast District               Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Asst. SM                               Marty Falk, KI4IQZ       

District EC                            Charlie Benn, WB2SNN    


 Treasure Coast District         Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River      & Okeechobee Counties

Asst. SM                                    Vince Weal, K4JC      

District EC                                Steve Lowman, N4SGL


Space Coast District               Brevard & Osceola Counties

  ASM/DEC                                Ray Kassis, N4LEM


Gulf Coast District                    Collier, Lee, Hendry & Glades Counties

ASM/DEC                              Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ  

SFL ARES NM                           Thom Street, N5KFR






                                                SECTION NEWS


                   Recent SFL Field Organization Appointments


Broward County       Marty Falk, KI4IQZ           ASM, Gold Coast

                                      Mike Sanner, KM2V          STM

                                     Scott Ireland, KK4WYB      PIO


Hendry County             Gary Striker, KB4K         TS

                                        Frank Harris, WA4PAM   EC


Indian River County   Sherri Brower, W4STB    SGL & Asst. PIC

                                         Gary Webster, N1PZB     ARES PIO

                                          Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV      PIO

                                          Vince Weal, K4JC              ASM, Treasure Coast

                                           Phil Mollica, W2AR                      TS & OES


Lee County                   Larry Zimmer, W4LWZ        SEC & ASM, Gulf Coast

                                        Steve Smith, W9GPI              EC


Palm Beach County         Charlie Benn, WB2SNN    DEC, Gold Coast 

                                               Barry Porter, KB1PA           EC

                                              Chris Anderson, KK4ENJ   EC

                                               Chris Hite, AJ1Q                OO

                                             Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL        SYC

                                            Tom Loughney, AJ4XM     ASM-Youth Activities

                                              Al Maslin, N3EA                 TS


EC-001 Graduates     

Jan C Lederman        K9JCL

Jack Meehan            KJ4VLV

Charlie Benn            WB2SNN

Terri Moorhouse        KJ4FJC

Simon Sapot            KM4IQZ

Melen Ham            KM4EWO

Kevin Jackson            W4JKJ

Nicole Falcone-Weiner    KM4MOM

Gene Weiner            KK4UKC

Chris Anderson        KK4ENJ

Karen Anderson        KK4ENM

Mike Wilson            KK4HPB


EC-016 Graduates      Barry Porter, KB1PA


PR-101 Graduates         Paul Bartoszewicz, KC2LXV

                                          Jeff Beals, WA4AW

                                           Barry Porter, KB1PA

                                           Gary Webster, N1PZB



 The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 in the US House of Representative and S 1685 in the US Senate --  would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced HR 1301 on March 4 with 12 original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats in the US House.  US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 on June 26, with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) as the original cosponsor, into the US Senate.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. S 1685 has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, which is chaired by the bill's sponsor, Wicker.

ARRL members are urged to contact their members of both the House and the Senate, asking them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. Route letters for your member of Congress to:


Attn  HR 1301 grassroots campaign

225 Main St

Newington CT 06111

For more information on both of the bills, please refer to the information in the two areas below - HR 1301 for information about the House version and S 1685 for the Senate version.


Number of US Amateur Radio Licensees at All-Time High


The US Amateur Radio population continues to soar. At the end of 2014, the total number of US Amateurs in the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) database reached an all-time high of 726,275 -- and the trend has continued in the first 2 months of 2015, which saw the total rise to slightly more than 727,000. The figures exclude expired licenses that are within the 2-year grace period, and club

Amateur Radio numbers in the US from 2000 through 2014. The FCC dropped the Morse code requirement in 2007. Click to enlarge the graphic. [Prepared from statistics compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A]

station licenses. Outside of a little dithering last fall, growth in the Amateur Radio Service in 2014 was steady, according to figures compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, on his FCC Amateur Radio Statistics web pages. Over the past decade, the number of Amateur Radio licenses in the ULS database grew by some 8.1 percent. But 2014 was also a banner year for the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC).

"For the first time in the ARRL VEC program's history, we have conducted more than 7000 Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year, an important milestone," said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. "A total of 7216 ARRL-sponsored exam sessions were administered in 2014, compared to 6823 in 2013."

Somma said the number of new licensees spiked to more than 33,000 in 2014, up by about 15 percent from the previous year. Successful license upgrades rose last year by an unprecedented 13 percent over a year earlier.

ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.

At the end of 2014, there were 136,405 Amateur Extra, 169,524 General, and 357,236 Technician class licensees -- all record numbers, Somma pointed out. While the number of Amateur Extra licensees grew in each month of 2014, the number of Technicians and Generals -- and of licensees overall -- faltered a bit last July and September. Last year's overall upward trend quickly recovered, however, during the final quarter of 2014. The General population also dipped briefly in May 2014, before rebounding.

Somma believes the July and September dips may have been a result of applicants adjusting to the new Technician question pool that went into effect last July 1. "We always expect an adjustment period when a new question pool is introduced to the public, as VEs, teachers, and candidates must prepare new study and exam materials," she said. Somma called the dips "a normal part of the question pool cycle."

Technician licensees comprise slightly less than one-half of the US Amateur Radio population. As of December 31, some 51,000 Advanced and 12,000 Novice licensees remained in the FCC database. The FCC no longer issues Advanced and Novice licenses, and their numbers continue to decline.

Once again, California far and away was home to the largest number of licensees among the 50 states, with 102,806 at the end of February. Texas was a distant second, with 51,022, Florida came in third, with 40,743, Washington was fourth, with 30,511, and Ohio was fifth at 28,256. With the exception of Ohio, the licensing trend in these states has been through the roof. In Ohio, ham radio numbers began to flag a bit in 2014, after holding steady for about the past 4 years.

The state with the fewest Amateur Radio licensees in 2014 was North Dakota, with 1477, but in an overall upward trajectory since around 2009. Others with small ham populations included Delaware (1715 and growing), Rhode Island (1926 and dropping), Wyoming (1868 and headed up), and Vermont (2101 and slipping, after a bump in 2013 and 2014). These numbers may go a long way toward explaining why these are rare multipliers in the ARRL November Sweepstakes and other events.


Boy Scouts Recognize ARRL Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award


The Boy Scouts of America’s National Awards and Recognition Committee has officially recognized the ARRL “Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award” as part of its family of Community Organization awards. The ARRL award recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and valuable Amateur Radio experience. This program allows Scouting leaders to wear the Community Organization Award square knot on their uniform, in recognition of their service within their community organization.

“This is yet another step in ARRL-BSA cooperation, one that will recognize the Scouting leaders who have worked tirelessly to introduce the science, technology, fun, and excitement of Amateur Radio to the youth involved in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing,” the Boy Scouts organization said in announcing its formal recognition of the League award.

This award was officially established through a resolution adopted by the ARRL Board at its 2013 Annual Meeting. It builds on the long relationship between the BSA and ARRL that began with the development of the Wireless Merit Badge in 1918 — now the Radio Merit Badge. This relationship was formally recognized through a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (view a video of the signing.

Nominations for the Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award are made through the appropriate ARRL Section Manager. A nominee must meet five of 10 requirements. The requirements range from teaching the Radio Merit Badge to participating in the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), to providing communications support for Scouting events. Scout leaders cannot nominate themselves.

Currently 18 other organizations are included within the BSA’s Community Organization Award program.


ARRL’s Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records!


The ARRL’s Logbook of The World (LoTW) online “card-less” contact-confirmation service this week recorded a new milestone — 100 million QSL records out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. That’s an increase of more than 18 million QSL records since the end of last year. First described conceptually in the October 2001 QST “It Seems to Us…” editorial, Logbook of The World launched in September 2003. Since then, it has become an accepted Amateur Radio institution — perhaps not at the same level of traditional QSL cards, but close and gaining. The 100 million contact confirmations, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, pointed out, is the equivalent of 200 million QSL cards. 

“If placed end to end, that many QSLs would reach more than 17,000 miles — not quite all the way around the world, but enough to qualify as a ‘long-path’ QSO,” he quipped. ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, pointed out that using LoTW can mean a considerable saving in postage for DXers and others over the expense of exchanging QSL cards.

LoTW was an instant success. Within 2 weeks of its debut, the service already had some 2200 registered users and had confirmed some 51,000 contacts out of more than 8 million uploaded. The number of users today number more than 72,000 — up by nearly 10,000 this year alone.

Over LoTW’s 11-year lifetime, many logging programs have incorporated features to enable them to interface smoothly with LoTW. Several awards programs, starting with the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award, now rely largely on LoTW to determine whether an applicant has met the award’s requirements. It’s also made it easier for award seekers to track their progress. LoTW is the primary means to confirm ARRL Centennial QSO Party contacts. The service also supports VUCC, WAS, and WPX.

LoTW is open to all; ARRL membership is not required in order to use LoTW. Applying for a digital certificate is the first step toward taking advantage of the system. The digital certificate authenticates the user's identity. The digital certificate is free, and LoTW only charges when users apply credits toward an award.

Once they have registered and have a valid certificate, users can digitally sign log uploads via the Internet. If the information in a submitted QSO matches the information submitted to LoTW by the other station, LoTW credits both operators and will display the submitted QSO as confirmed.

A call sign certificate authenticates a specific, registered user as the source of each submitted contact, and other users may not see information submitted by other operators. This combination maintains the integrity of the contact verification process that has long been the hallmark of ARRL awards programs.











                                   Visit our SFL Section Website



Surf to to get additional info about our section & it's activities. Take a look at the site and if information about your county is missing or outdated, ask your EC or Club President to send the information to our Webmaster, Barry, KB1PA. His email is



If you need more detail on Section officials and  District & County Emergency Coordinators go to


Please check the Affiliated Club listing and update the contact name, phone number, e-mail and web site address. You won't get new club members is your club can't be contacted and the meeting sites can't be located. Also, be sure to appoint a club PIO in order to have local media outlets contacted for meeting dates and club events.


Hamfests and Free Fleas

Any hamfest, no matter what size may request ARRL sanctioning. Please see: for hamfest and convention rules
See: for the list of ARRL awards checkers. If you wish to have an awards checker at your hamfest these arrangements must be made by the hamfest committee and the cards checker.

If you wish to have cards checked at a location other than a hamfest contact the card checkers directly
*** for details on submitting cards for DXCC awards go to:

"A great hamfest is usually one that you find something you wanted or something you thought you would never see," says Bill, W2CQ.


                                            Upcoming Events


Florida State Convention (50th Anniversary Melbourne Hamfest)

10/09/2015 Start Date: 10/09/2015
End Date: 10/10/2015
Location: Melbourne Auditorium
625 East Hibiscus Street
Melbourne, FL 32901
Sponsor: Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 146.85 -600 (no PL tone)
Public Contact: Eric Smitt , K9ES
2175 Ohio Street West Melbourne, FL 32904
Phone: 321-698-8307


Link McGarity WV4I Memorial Free Flea

11/07/2015 Start Date: 11/07/2015
End Date: 11/07/2015
Location: JFCS of Palm Beach County
5841 Corporate Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Sponsor: Palms West Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.045 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Robert Pease , KS4EC
11894 Brierpatch Court Wellington, FL 33414
Phone: 561-358-9999


Cy Harris W4MAQ Memorial Free Flea

11/14/2015 Start Date: 11/14/2015
End Date: 11/14/2015
Location: Collins Center
3900 NE 3rd Avenue
Oakland Park, FL
Sponsor: Broward Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.91 (PL 110.9)
Public Contact: Tony Becker , KK4GUU
3721 West State Road 84, Apt. 102 Davie, FL 33312
Phone: 954-612-9303


Flamingo Net / UMARC Free Flea

11/21/2015 Start Date: 11/21/2015
End Date: 11/21/2015
Location: Physics/Gifford Arboretum Parking Lot
5101 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33114
Sponsor: Flamingo Net ARC & University of Miami ARC
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.150 +600 (PL 94.8)
Public Contact: William Moore , WA4TEJ
1451 NE 102nd Street Miami Shores, FL 33138
Phone: 305-751-1874


Okeechobee Hamfest in the Woods

11/28/2015 Start Date: 11/28/2015
End Date: 11/28/2015
Location: Freedom Ranch
11655 US Route 441 SE
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Sponsor: Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 147.195 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Amos McDaniel , KK4AMK
7615 NW 86th Court Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone: 863-467-8823









Section policy has been and will continue to be: if health, family or work matters interfere with an appointee performing the duties of the appointment he/she may step aside without hard feelings and may apply for an appointment at a later date when the other matters are settled.

Amateur radio in many areas receives a lot of favorable press and praise from government officials for their work during and after the storms. Why? Because there were PIOs (Public Information Officers) working with ARES to get the information out in real time and the PIOs were available to the media. Where does your ARES group stand in this area?

Need to know who your ARES® Emergency Coordinator is? When the traffic nets are held? Hamfests throughout the area? How to complete the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) report? Go to:

Need traffic handling procedures? Need information about ARES® and RACES functions? Can't find information on your individual traffic count for your Station Activity Report? Go to:
I will be happy to mail traffic handling information to anyone interested... Just ask. de

SFAN (Saturday at 8AM local, 3.940MHz ), Net Manager is Thom, N5KFR.
All ECs are encouraged to check into these nets or send an OES representative if you cannot join the net. All ARES members are welcome to join the nets.

If your weekly net and local repeater has IRLP or Echolink check-in available please let Mike, KM2V and us know. Also advise the ARES EC in your county and the neighboring counties. This information could be useful during disasters.

If you are going out of town for more than a few days when the season is quiet or more than 48 hours with a system beginning, please notify your local EC. Time is of the essence when a phone tree is activated or when members are phoned after they do not check into a resource net. And, especially if you can't deploy to a shelter or to another area, please offer your time to phone members, enter logs into a database, provide route directions, or other at-home activities. Everyone can do something.


Check into a net - better to learn how now than during a disaster!

FMSN (FL Medium Speed CW Net) 3.651 Daily 6:30 PM
QFN (All FL CW Traffic Net) 3.547 Daily 7:00 PM, 10:00 PM
FAST (FL Amateur Sideband Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 6:00 PM
FMTN (FL Midday Traffic Net 7.242 Daily 12:00 Noon
FPTN (Friendly Florida Phone Traffic Net -- 3.940 Daily 6:55 AM
NFAN (North FL ARES Net) 3.950 M-S 9:00 AM
NFPN (North FL Phone Net) 3.950 Daily 5:30 PM Winter 6:30 PM Summer
SFAN (South FL ARES Net) 3.940 Sat 8:00 AM
TPTN (Tropical Phone Traffic Net) 3.940 Daily 5:00 PM
SEFTN (Southeast FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.610- Daily 6:00 PM
SWFTN (Southwest FL Traffic Net) (2 meter) 146.685 M-S 10:00 AM -- A great place to check for other ARES/NTS info


Does your club have a Publicity Chairperson? Is there a Public Information Officer for your ARES group? Are these people actively promoting amateur radio on an ongoing basis and are they known at the EOC by the county or city PIO? For more information read the e-magazine "Contact", at For more info, contact our PIC, Dan Fisher, AI4GK at


Say Hello to your world with Amateur Radio. Get on the air, talk up ham radio, be an Elmer to a new ham & support your local club and ARES group.


Vy 73,

Jeff, WA4AW


Southern Florida Officials